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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636924/epithelial-folding-driven-by-apical-or-basal-lateral-modulation-geometric-features-mechanical-inference-and-boundary-effects
#1
Fu-Lai Wen, Yu-Chiun Wang, Tatsuo Shibata
During embryonic development, epithelial sheets fold into complex structures required for tissue and organ functions. Although substantial efforts have been devoted to identifying molecular mechanisms underlying epithelial folding, far less is understood about how forces deform individual cells to sculpt the overall sheet morphology. Here we describe a simple and general theoretical model for the autonomous folding of monolayered epithelial sheets. We show that active modulation of intracellular mechanics along the basal-lateral as well as the apical surfaces is capable of inducing fold formation in the absence of buckling instability...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636921/characterizing-intracellular-ice-formation-of%C3%A2-lymphoblasts-using-low-temperature-raman%C3%A2-spectroscopy
#2
Guanglin Yu, Yan Rou Yap, Kathryn Pollock, Allison Hubel
Raman microspectroscopy was used to quantify freezing response of cells to various cooling rates and solution compositions. The distribution pattern of cytochrome c in individual cells was used as a measure of cell viability in the frozen state and this metric agreed well with the population-averaged viability and trypan blue staining experiments. Raman imaging of cells demonstrated that intracellular ice formation (IIF) was common and did not necessarily result in cell death. The amount of intracellular ice as well as ice crystal size played a role in determining whether or not ice inside the cell was a lethal event...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636920/nanog-fluctuations-in-embryonic-stem-cells-highlight-the-problem-of-measurement-in-cell-biology
#3
Rosanna C G Smith, Patrick S Stumpf, Sonya J Ridden, Aaron Sim, Sarah Filippi, Heather A Harrington, Ben D MacArthur
A number of important pluripotency regulators, including the transcription factor Nanog, are observed to fluctuate stochastically in individual embryonic stem cells. By transiently priming cells for commitment to different lineages, these fluctuations are thought to be important to the maintenance of, and exit from, pluripotency. However, because temporal changes in intracellular protein abundances cannot be measured directly in live cells, fluctuations are typically assessed using genetically engineered reporter cell lines that produce a fluorescent signal as a proxy for protein expression...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636917/kinesin-processivity-is-determined-by-a-kinetic-race-from-a-vulnerable-one-head-bound-state
#4
Keith J Mickolajczyk, William O Hancock
Kinesin processivity, defined as the average number of steps that occur per interaction with a microtubule, is an important biophysical determinant of the motor's intracellular capabilities. Despite its fundamental importance to the diversity of tasks that kinesins carry out in cells, no existing quantitative model fully explains how structural differences between kinesins alter kinetic rates in the ATPase cycle to produce functional changes in processivity. Here we use high-resolution single-molecule microscopy to directly observe the stepping behavior of kinesin-1 and -2 family motors with different length neck-linker domains...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636806/ph-dependent-general-base-catalyzed-activation-rather-than-isocyanate-liberation-may-explain-the-superior-anticancer-efficacy-of-laromustine-compared-to-related-1-2-bis-methylsulfonyl-1-2-chloroethyl-hydrazine-prodrugs
#5
P G Penketh, R A Finch, R Sauro, R P Baumann, E S Ratner, K Shyam
Laromustine (also known as cloretazine, onrigin, VNP40101M, 101M) is a prodrug of 90CE, a short-lived chloroethylating agent with anticancer activity. The short half-life of 90CE necessitates the use of latentiated prodrug forms for in vivo treatments. Alkylaminocarbonyl based prodrugs such as laromustine exhibit significantly superior in vivo activity in several murine tumor models compared to analogs utilizing acyl, and alkoxycarbonyl latentiating groups. The alkylaminocarbonyl prodrugs possess two exclusive characteristics: (i) they are primarily unmasked by spontaneous base catalyzed elimination; and (ii) they liberate a reactive carbamoylating species...
June 21, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636748/e-cadherin-mediates-uvr-and-calcium-induced-melanin-transfer-in-human-skin-cells
#6
Suman K Singh, Richard Baker, Stephen K Sikkink, Carine Nizard, Sylvianne Schnebert, Robin Kurfurst, Desmond J Tobin
Skin pigmentation is directed by epidermal-melanin units, characterized by long-lived and dendritic epidermal melanocytes (MC) that interact with viable keratinocytes (KC) to contribute melanin to the epidermis. Previously we reported that MC:KC contact is required for melanosome transfer, that this can be enhanced by filopodial and by UVR/UVA irradiation, which can up-regulate melanosome transfer via Myosin X-mediated control of MC filopodia. Both MC and KC express Ca(2+) -dependent E-cadherins. These homophilic adhesion contacts induce transient increases in intra-KC Ca(2+) , while ultraviolet radiation (UVR) raises intra-MC Ca(2+) via calcium selective ORAI1 ion channels; both are associated with regulating melanogenesis...
June 21, 2017: Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636650/the-formation-of-lipid-droplets-favors-intracellular-mycobacterium-leprae-survival-in-sw-10-non-myelinating-schwann-cells
#7
Song-Hyo Jin, Sung-Kwan An, Seong-Beom Lee
Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease that is caused by the obligate intracellular pathogen Mycobacterium leprae (M.leprae), which is the leading cause of all non-traumatic peripheral neuropathies worldwide. Although both myelinating and non-myelinating Schwann cells are infected by M.leprae in patients with lepromatous leprosy, M.leprae preferentially invades the non-myelinating Schwann cells. However, the effect of M.leprae infection on non-myelinating Schwann cells has not been elucidated. Lipid droplets (LDs) are found in M...
June 21, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636635/microrna-144-3p-inhibits-autophagy-activation-and-enhances-bacillus-calmette-gu%C3%A3-rin-infection-by-targeting-atg4a-in-raw264-7-macrophage-cells
#8
Le Guo, Linlin Zhou, Qian Gao, Aijun Zhang, Jun Wei, Dantong Hong, Yuankui Chu, Xiangguo Duan, Ying Zhang, Guangxian Xu
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small noncoding nucleotides that play major roles in the response of host immune cells. Autophagy plays a key role in activating the antimicrobial host defense against Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M. tuberculosis). Whether miRNAs specifically influence the activation of macrophage autophagy during M. tuberculosis infection is largely unknown. In the present study, we demonstrate that Mycobacterium bovis Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) infection of macrophages leads to increased expression of miR-144-3p, which targets autophagy-related gene 4a (ATG4a), to inhibit autophagy activation and antimicrobial responses to BCG...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636601/crystal-structure-of-the-potassium-importing-kdpfabc-membrane-complex
#9
Ching-Shin Huang, Bjørn Panyella Pedersen, David L Stokes
Cellular potassium import systems play a fundamental role in osmoregulation, pH homeostasis and membrane potential in all domains of life. In bacteria, the kdp operon encodes a four-subunit potassium pump that maintains intracellular homeostasis, cell shape and turgor under conditions in which potassium is limiting. This membrane complex, called KdpFABC, has one channel-like subunit (KdpA) belonging to the superfamily of potassium transporters and another pump-like subunit (KdpB) belonging to the superfamily of P-type ATPases...
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636578/human-neuropsin-gene-in-depression
#10
Kinga Bobińska, Joanna Mossakowska-Wójcik, Janusz Szemraj, Piotr Gałecki, Marlena Zajączkowska, Monika Talarowska
BACKGROUND: Neuropsin (NP, kallikrein 8, KLK8) - a kallikrein gene-related (KLK) endoprotease - plays a key role in neuroplasticity processes, since intracellular signal cascades and regulation of gene expression are engaged in long-term synaptic plasticity. The main aim of this paper is to compare expression of the human neuropsin gene on the mRNA level in a group of patients diagnosed with depression and in a group of healthy subjects who have never been treated psychiatrically. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: 291 people, aged 18-67, were qualified to participate in the experiment: major recurrent depression group (MRD) and the control group (CG)...
June 2017: Psychiatria Danubina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636483/lumping-kinetics-of-abe-fermentation-wastewater-treatment-by-oleaginous-yeast-trichosporon-cutaneum
#11
Can Wang, Chao Huang, Xue-Fang Chen, Hai-Rong Zhang, Lian Xiong, Xiao-Mei Li, Hai-Jun Guo, Gao-Xiang Qi, Xiao-Qing Lin, Xin-De Chen
Lumping kinetics models were built for the biological treatment of ABE (acetone-butanol-ethanol) fermentation wastewater by oleaginous yeast Trichosporon cutaneum with different fermentation temperatures. Compared with high temperature (33°C, 306 K) and low temperature (23°C, 296 K), medium temperature (28°C, 301 K) was beneficial for the cell growth and COD degradation during the early stage of fermentation but the final yeast biomass and COD removal were influenced little. By lumping method, the materials in the bioconversion network were divided into five lumps (COD, lipid, polysaccharide, other intracellular products, other extracellular products), and the nine rate constants (k1-k9) for the models can well explain the bioconversion laws...
June 21, 2017: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636457/notch-signaling-in-lung-diseases
#12
Jiehan Jiang, Kui Xiao, Ping Chen
NOTCH is a fundamental signaling system that regulates normal embryonic development and tissue homeostasis in adult life. NOTCH receptor is a single-pass transmembrane protein normally triggered via direct cell-to-cell contact, in which NOTCH ligands bind the extracellular domain of the receptor, inducing γ-secretase cleavage and release of intracellular domain. The intracellular domain binds to the transcriptional effector RBPJκ to activate transcription of target genes that regulate cell differentiation, patterning, and morphogenesis during embryonic development and adult life...
June 21, 2017: Experimental Lung Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636428/fk506-binding-proteins-12-and-12-6-fkbps-as-regulators-of-cardiac-ryanodine-receptors-insights-from-new-functional-and-structural-knowledge
#13
Luis Alberto Gonano, Peter P Jones
Ryanodine Receptors (RyRs) are intracellular Ca(2+) channels that mediate Ca(2+) flux from the sarco(endo)plasmic reticulum in many cell types. The interaction of RyRs with FK506-binding proteins (FKBPs) has been proposed as an important regulatory mechanism, where the loss of this interaction leads to channel dysfunction. In the heart, phosphorylation of RyR has been suggested to disrupt the RyR-FKBP interaction promoting altered Ca(2+) signalling, heart failure and arrhythmias. However, the functional result of FKBP interaction with RyR and how this interaction is regulated remains highly controversial...
June 21, 2017: Channels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636325/challenges-and-hallmarks-of-establishing-alkylacetylphosphonates-as-probes-of-bacterial-1-deoxy-d-xylulose-5-phosphate-synthase
#14
Sara Sanders, Ryan J Vierling, David Bartee, Alicia A DeColli, Mackenzie J Harrison, Joseph L Aklinski, Andrew T Koppisch, Caren L Freel Meyers
1-Deoxy-d-xylulose 5-phosphate (DXP) synthase catalyzes the thiamin diphosphate (ThDP)-dependent formation of DXP from pyruvate and d-glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate. DXP is at a metabolic branch point in bacteria, feeding into the methylerythritol phosphate pathway to indispensable isoprenoids and acting as a precursor for biosynthesis of essential cofactors in central metabolism, pyridoxal phosphate and ThDP, the latter of which is also required for DXP synthase catalysis. DXP synthase follows a unique random sequential mechanism and possesses an unusually large active site...
June 21, 2017: ACS Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636039/a-convenient-method-for-multicolour-labelling-of-proteins-with-bodipy-fluorophores-via-tyrosine-residues
#15
Miffy H Y Cheng, Huguette Savoie, Francesca Bryden, Ross W Boyle
Fluorescence is an essential imaging modality for labelling and visualising cells and sub-cellular structures. Multicolour labelling is especially challenging due to differences in physicochemical and photophysical behaviour of structurally unrelated fluorophores in the heterogeneous environments found in sub-cellular compartments. Herein, we report the conjugation of three azide-bearing BODIPYs with similar core structures but widely different emission wavelengths (green, red and NIR) to tyrosine residues of a model globular protein (BSA) via a common linking methodology...
June 21, 2017: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636034/upregulation-of-heme-oxygenase-1-mediates-the-anti-inflammatory-activity-of-casein-glycomacropeptide-gmp-hydrolysates-in-lps-stimulated-macrophages
#16
Tiange Li, Xue Cheng, Min Du, Bin Chen, Xueying Mao
Recently, we have shown that casein glycomacropeptide hydrolysates (GHP) exhibit both anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative activities in vitro. However, whether heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is involved in the cytoprotective effect of GHP against the inflammatory status remains unclear. Therefore, we hypothesized that HO-1 is a potential target of GHP, which mediates its anti-inflammatory effect. Here, GHP inhibited the intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) accumulation and NADPH oxidase 2 (NOX2) expression and enhanced reduced glutathione (GSH) levels in LPS-stimulated RAW264...
June 21, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635961/hypoxia-induced-mobilization-of-nhe6-to-the-plasma-membrane-triggers-endosome-hyperacidification-and-chemoresistance
#17
Fabrice Lucien, Pierre-Paul Pelletier, Roxane R Lavoie, Jean-Michel Lacroix, Sébastien Roy, Jean-Luc Parent, Dominique Arsenault, Kelly Harper, Claire M Dubois
The pH-dependent partitioning of chemotherapeutic drugs is a fundamental yet understudied drug distribution mechanism that may underlie the low success rates of current approaches to counter multidrug resistance (MDR). This mechanism is influenced by the hypoxic tumour microenvironment and results in selective trapping of weakly basic drugs into acidified compartments such as the extracellular environment. Here we report that hypoxia not only leads to acidification of the tumour microenvironment but also induces endosome hyperacidification...
June 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635671/rab33b-controls-hepatitis-b-virus-assembly-by-regulating-core-membrane-association-and-nucleocapsid-processing
#18
Christina Bartusch, Tatjana Döring, Reinhild Prange
Many viruses take advantage of cellular trafficking machineries to assemble and release new infectious particles. Using RNA interference (RNAi), we demonstrate that the Golgi/autophagosome-associated Rab33B is required for hepatitis B virus (HBV) propagation in hepatoma cell lines. While Rab33B is dispensable for the secretion of HBV subviral envelope particles, its knockdown reduced the virus yield to 20% and inhibited nucleocapsid (NC) formation and/or NC trafficking. The overexpression of a GDP-restricted Rab33B mutant phenocopied the effect of deficit Rab33B, indicating that Rab33B-specific effector proteins may be involved...
June 21, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635652/fucaceae-a-source-of-bioactive-phlorotannins
#19
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Marcelo D Catarino, Artur M S Silva, Susana M Cardoso
Fucaceae is the most dominant algae family along the intertidal areas of the Northern Hemisphere shorelines, being part of human customs for centuries with applications as a food source either for humans or animals, in agriculture and as remedies in folk medicine. These macroalgae are endowed with several phytochemicals of great industrial interest from which phlorotannins, a class of marine-exclusive polyphenols, have gathered much attention during the last few years due to their numerous possible therapeutic properties...
June 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635557/cellular-immune-responses-of-older-adults-to-four-influenza-vaccines-results-of-a-randomized-controlled-comparison
#20
Arun Kumar, Janet E McElhaney, Lisa Walrond, Terry D Cyr, Shahzma Merani, Tobias R Kollmann, Scott A Halperin, David W Scheifele
Cellular immunity is important for protection against the serious complications of influenza in older adults. As it is unclear if newer influenza vaccines elicit greater cellular responses than standard vaccines, we compared responses to two standard and two newer licensed trivalent inactivated vaccines (TIVs) in a randomized trial in older adults. Non-frail adults ≥65 years old were randomly assigned to receive standard subunit, MF59-adjuvanted subunit, standard split-virus or intradermal split-virus TIV...
June 21, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
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